UM Appoints Interim Title IX Coordinator

Effective June 1, the Title IX coordinator reports to Rudolph Green, the vice president and chief compliance officer in University Compliance Services. Doug Horr has been designated the interim Title IX coordinator and as such will serve as the central resource for the University on all issues related to Title IX, and will work closely with the deputy title IX coordinators to help educate, train, and support campus community members. He will coordinate and oversee compliance with Title IX statutory and regulatory requirement efforts. In addition, Horr will continue in his role as executive director of University Compliance Services.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at schools, colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance. It has been commonly associated with the concept of gender equity in athletics—a goal that has supported the growth and strength of women’s athletics programs. Current interpretations indicate that Title IX is far broader in its scope and protections. Visit Title IX FAQs to learn more.



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Anuj Mehrotra Named Interim Business Dean

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Anuj Mehrotra

Anuj Mehrotra

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 22, 2016) – Anuj Mehrotra, professor of management science and vice dean of the School of Business Administration, has been named interim dean of the school following the departure of Eugene W. Anderson, who stepped down after his five-year term ended this summer.

In making the announcement, UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc noted Mehrotra’s commitment to excellence and credited him with growing the school’s graduate student enrollment.

“During Anuj’s tenure as vice dean, the school has diversified its portfolio of graduate programs with innovative experiential courses that include international immersion and consulting experiences for participants. These programs have helped to grow graduate student enrollment by 70 percent in the last five years,” LeBlanc said.

“His experience and commitment to excellence will continue to strengthen the school’s top-50 ranking among M.B.A. programs and ensure continuity in addressing the needs of our students and graduates,” LeBlanc added.

Mehrotra will serve as interim dean starting July 1 while UM completes a global search and installs a new dean.

Mehrotra, who joined the UM faculty in 1993, is the Leslie O. Barnes Scholar, professor of management science, and has been vice dean since 2007. He oversees all aspects of M.B.A., Executive M.B.A., and specialized masters programs, including recruitment, admissions, and advising. Previously, he served as the chair of the Department of Management Science.

Mehrotra’s research interests are in large-scale optimization and interdisciplinary applications. His research includes a project with the U.S. Coast Guard to optimally locate air stations to respond to distress calls and a study on determining routing and staffing decisions for distributed call centers. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

During his term as interim dean, Mehrotra said he is confident that the school will continue to innovate by anticipating and adapting to the shifting needs of students and the business community and helping to move current initiatives forward while the search for the new dean continues.

“I look forward to working with our world-class faculty, professional staff, alumni, and other supporters to strengthen and build on the status and recognition the school’s degree and non-degree programs have earned locally and internationally,” he said.

The School of Business Administration’s degree and non-degree programs have been recognized in various rankings, including being named among the top U.S. programs for Latin Americans by America Economía and top 50 undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S. by Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The Economist.    


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David F. Ertel to Assume Top Financial and Strategy Positions at Miller School and UHealth

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David. F. Ertel

David. F. Ertel

David F. Ertel, the chief financial officer of Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, has been named chief financial officer and chief strategy officer for health affairs.

As CFO, Ertel will be responsible for the business systems of the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, reporting to Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and CEO of UHealth.

“The success of the value-based health system we are creating will depend, in part, on the sound financial decisions we make, and David will lead the way in critical areas including contracting, budgeting, prioritizing initiatives and business development,” Altschuler said.

Ertel will also have oversight of short- and long-term forecasting, managed care contracting and other financial operations, such as local health market concentration.

“David’s depth of experience will make him a strong leader for the transformation of our health system,” said Altschuler.

The Einstein network in Philadelphia consists of three acute-care hospitals, a nationally recognized rehabilitation hospital, and a physician network that includes 450 employed physicians. The principal medical center — Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia — is affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University and trains 435 residents and fellows and more than 1,000 medical students annually.

As the CFO of Einstein, Ertel has collaborated on service line initiatives in behavioral health and women’s and children’s health, as well as a restructuring of investments and debt.

Previously Ertel was a managing director at Morgan Stanley and head of the National Health Care Group, advising health systems and academic medical centers in financial and strategic matters. He also worked as Vice President and Director of the Health Care Public Finance Group at PaineWebber. Before his investment banking career, he was Budget Director of the New Jersey State Department of Human Services, managing budget planning and control activities.

As a health system trustee, Ertel helped Princeton HealthCare System grow its clinical footprint, including the development of a new hospital.

Ertel holds M.B.A. and M.P.H. degrees from Columbia University. He will begin his new role in late July.

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Alumnus Named Emergency Management Director

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Matthew Shpiner

Matthew Shpiner, a UM alumnus who has served as emergency manager for both the Miller School of Medicine and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science campuses, has been named director of the Office of Emergency Management for the University of Miami. He replaces Scott Burnotes, who moved to Texas.

Shpiner, who joined the University staff in October 2011 but began improving campus safety and disaster preparedness as a student, will be responsible for coordinating the University’s emergency response and continuity planning with a goal of creating a disaster-resilient University.

“I look forward to using my  student experience on the Coral Gables campus and my professional experience at the marine and medical campuses to support the continued integration and expansion of our emergency management program across the University,” Shpiner said.

At the medical campus, Shpiner was responsible for developing the emergency management policies, plans, and procedures for the Miller School and UHealth—the University of Miami Health System, which includes three hospitals, 30 satellite clinics, medical education, research, and more than 8,000 employees.

During his time at the Rosenstiel School, he established professional standards for safety and security operations and led the development of the University’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, which provides the overarching framework for how UM mitigates against, prepares for, responds to, and recovers from natural, human-caused, and technological disasters.

Prior to joining the University, Shpiner served as a regional emergency management planner in Miami-Dade County’s Office of Emergency Management, where he co-authored the county’s Deepwater Horizon Contingency Response Plan. He also worked in the Emergency Operations Centers during the 2010 Pro-Bowl and Super Bowl, Operation Haiti Relief, and was deployed to New York in response to Hurricane Irene.

As a student at UM, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in 2008, Shpiner co-founded and served as vice president of operations for the ’Canes Emergency Response Team (CERT), the nation’s first student-organized and -operated community emergency response team.

Before heading to Northeastern University, where he earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 2010, Shpiner worked as a crime prevention specialist for the UM Police Department, where he created the Student Patrol Program, which, like CERT, still operates today.




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Kirtman Tapped to Lead CIMAS

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Ben Kirtman

MIAMI, Fla. (June 9, 2016)— Ben Kirtman, professor of atmospheric science at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, has been appointed director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS). Based at the Rosenstiel School, CIMAS brings together the research and educational resources of ten partner universities to increase scientific understanding of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere within the context of NOAA’s mission.

Kirtman will replace UM research professor Peter Ortner, who is stepping down.

Kirtman, who has been with the Rosenstiel School for nearly 10 years, is a climate modeler who uses complex Earth system models to investigate the predictability of the climate system on time scales from days to decades and to study the influence of tropical variability on mid-latitude predictability.

He was one of the first to develop an El Niño/La Niña prediction system using sophisticated climate models and currently leads a team of government laboratory researchers, academicians, and operational climate forecasters in developing the North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) prediction system. This new prediction system has been issuing forecasts in real-time since August 2011, and was instrumental in predicting continuing La Niña conditions in the tropical Pacific and the associated impact on climate around the globe. The NMME became an official NOAA operational system on May 10, 2016.

The author of more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, Kirtman is the executive editor of the journal Climate Dynamics and has received funding from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, the Department of Energy, NASA, and the Office of Naval Research. Kirtman is also a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report as well as a member of several national and international scientific panels and working groups.

The cooperative institute’s current research priorities, which include improving hurricane forecasting, facilitating the implementation of ecosystem-based ocean management, predicting climate on increasingly short time scales, and supporting the Global Ocean Observing System, are expected to continue over the next five years.

In May 2015 CIMAS received a renewed award of up to $125 million to fund the consortium’s activities over the next five years. The renewal award, and increase in funding, was based upon an “outstanding” rating CIMAS received during the current award period’s performance review (2010-2015) by a NOAA Science Advisory Board subcommittee.

Under the new cooperative agreement, Florida Institute of Technology has joined the Florida and Caribbean-based university consortium, which includes Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Puerto Rico, University of Florida, University of South Florida, and University of the Virgin Islands.

Unique new research facilities now available to NOAA through CIMAS include the Rosenstiel School’s SUrge STructure Atmosphere INteraction (SUSTAIN) facility, which is capable of simulating 3D wind-wave flow and surge produced by category 5 hurricane force winds, and Nova Southeastern University’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research.


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